On Sunday, 17 January, hundreds of Palestinians in Gaza rallied outside the International Committee of the Red Cross in Gaza City to demand freedom for Ahmad Sa’adat, the imprisoned General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. The protest, organized by the PFLP, marked the 19th anniversary of the Palestinian Authority security services’ abduction of Ahmad Sa’adat, the under the Oslo accords’ PA “security coordination” with Israel.
It comes amid the Week of Action to Free Ahmad Sa’adat and all Palestinian Prisoners, a global mobilization for actions and organizing to highlight Sa’adat’s case and the struggle of the Palestinian prisoners’ movement behind bars, advocating for liberation for Sa’adat and his fellow 4,500 Palestinians jailed by the Zionist state.
Awad al-Sultan, a member of the PFLP’s Central Committee, spoke at the protest, noting that Sa’adat was then detained with his comrades at the PA presidential compound, the Muqata’, subjected to a hastily arranged and farcical military hearing and then transferred to Jericho prison, where they were detained under U.S. and British guards in an agreement with the Israeli occupation. After four years, on 14 March 2006, occupation forces violently stormed the prison and kidnapped Sa’adat and his comrades. He is currently serving a 30-year sentence imposed by the Israeli military courts, which Sa’adat consistently boycotted throughout his military trial, which was delayed for years.
Sa’adat’s abduction by the PA “reflected a clear targeting of the path of resistance represented by the leader Ahmad Sa’adat and his comrades and underlines the importance of confronting the policy of PA political detention and pursuit of resistance fighters and ending the Oslo accords and their political, economic and security obligations. This was a national crime…that has not and will not be forgotten,” Sultan said. He affirmed that it was impossible to reach Palestinian national unity so long as the Oslo accords and security coordination with Israel remain in place.
Protesters also emphasized the situation of the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, noting that the prisoners’ movement is facing a policy of “slow death,” including the medical neglect of the prisoners’ health during the coronavirus pandemic and the denial of the vaccine to imprisoned Palestinians. They emphasized the need to fight back to defend the prisoners’ movement against this ongoing attack.
On 15-23 January 2021, join Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network in a collective call for the freedom of Ahmad Sa’adat and all Palestinian prisoners, with action and global solidarity to escalate the boycott of Israel, end aid and support to Israel, organize for justice in Palestine and resist imperialism and colonialism.
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Sunday, 17 January – Manchester, Britain: Street Stall – Free all Palestinian prisoners! Free Issam Hijjawi! 12 Noon, Outside Morrisons, Wilbraham Road, Chorlton, Manchester M21 0UA. More info: https://samidoun.net/event/manchester-street-stall-free-all-palestinian-prisoners-free-issam-hijjawi/
Saturday, 23 January – Online Event – Liberation vs Dependency: Strategies to Defeat Neoliberalism and Colonialism in Algeria, South Africa, and Palestine. 11 am Pacific – 2 pm Eastern – 9 pm Palestine. Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/722789698392609/
Sunday, 24 January – Paris, France – Protest to free Ahmad Sa’adat, Georges Abdallah, and all Palestinian prisoners! 3:00 pm, Place Jean Ferrat – Metro L2 Menilmontant, Paris, France
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1135211573605908